Buttons, Zippers, RA and a Cocktail Dress

The annual ARThritis Soiree was only a couple weeks away and I needed a new dress for the occasion. The ARThritis Soiree is an elegant inspirational evening hosted by Arthritis Research Canada that combines different forms of art in conjunction with supporting arthritis research and raising awareness of the many types of inflammatory arthritis thousands... Continue Reading →

When The Tide Turns

Winter in BC is usually not like winter in the rest of Canada. The coastal cities are spared the freezing temperatures and snowfall records. Our temperatures rarely dip below zero and rain keeps our forests and mountain trails lush and green. But like the tempestuous pull of the ocean and its changing tides, winter in... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year 2019

I am counting down my last hours of 2018 in the tranquil days between the winter solstice and the advent of a New Year. The events of the past are crackling in the air, preparing to slip into memory, only to be revived in wistful moments of reminiscence. 2018 was a crazy spectacular year with... Continue Reading →

RA Blog Week 2017

September is a bit of a mystery – it marks both the beginning and ending of cycles. The beginning of school, the beginning of another season, shorter days, longer nights, new colors, cooler mornings and the recurring cycle of back to work. It’s the end of summer vacation, dips in the lake, drinks on the... Continue Reading →

Advocacy – Living the Best Life I Can

The word “advocacy” has many definitions - according to the internet it’s defined as “public support of a cause, backing of, promotion of, championing of, argument for, push for” etc. This description doesn’t make advocacy sound very inspiring. It’s rather a dull definition of an advocacy life. It lacks the color of the genuine sincerity... Continue Reading →

Sharing our Stories

My storytelling journey began in early childhood. I enjoyed playing with words, sculpting them onto the blank pages of a new journal and wondering what they would become – they became many things: memoir, poetry, essay, sketches, and stories. I wrote for entertainment; I wrote to say thank you; I wrote to express what I... Continue Reading →

Finding Happiness in RA

It was a brisk November morning, the clouds hung low in the sky coloured with ginger rays of sunlight trying to pierce through their dense cover. I stood at the corner of a sidewalk watching impatient drivers rocket through the intersection and wincing at the blast of an unexpected horn. Somebody rolled down a window... Continue Reading →

I Think I Can…I Know I Can.

Remember the story of a little engine taking on the impossible task of tugging a chain of railroad cars up a steep and craggy mountain road? When no one else would attempt it, a modest locomotive stepped up and took on the task, chugging its way upwards, while others refused to try. When the mountain... Continue Reading →

RA Blog Week, Wild Cards and Tiny Sparks

This past week a wonderful initiative was launched: RA Blog Week. Health blogger Rick Phillips organized this in an effort to promote cross reading of blogs, build awareness, and connect with others to share in their experiences of living with RA. Topics were assigned for each day throughout the week, and there were also wild... Continue Reading →

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